Wireless Industry News

AT&T came away from the FCC’s AWS-3 spectrum auction as the big winner, spending $18.2 billion for what it calls a “near nationwide contiguous 10x10 MHz block.”

In a press release, AT&T announced plans to begin deploying LTE service on the spectrum beginning in the 2017 to 2018 period, saying its working with network and handset suppliers, and industry standards bodies to move the deployment along. The carrier intends to use its new spectrum as supplemental downlink and uplink.

Following the auction, AT&T now says it covers 97 percent of the U.S. population with AWS-3 spectrum. The carrier says it bought 57 percent of the MHz POPs covered by the 20 MHz J Block spectrum available in the auction. Read the full article